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WC residents urged to ‘blow the whistle’ on electricity theft

Apart from this, Eskom says it also has to address the widespread vandalism and theft of its infrastructure.

A lamp post used as a bridge for illegal electricity connections in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Communities across the Western Cape are being urged to blow the whistle on electricity theft.

Eskom officials say the problem is on the increase.

It says it's worried as electricity theft is on the rise.

Apart from this, the utility says it also has to address the widespread vandalism and theft of its infrastructure.

Eskom's Alwie Lester has highlighted Crossroads, Khayelitsha and Philippi, where these problems are the most prevalent.

Lester says with more than 250 informal settlements in the Western Cape, it's becoming increasingly difficult to prevent such crimes.

He says the parastatal has placed more focus on awareness and education around the dangers of illegal connections and cable theft.

Last year, at least six people died, most of them children, after they were electrocuted.